Tag Archive for ‘collectibles’

Feature writing for all editions of Prestige in South East Asia

• To read story double click on images below. To read more of Andy’s work for Prestige click here Long, long before downloadable trailers, Internet viral campaigns and DVD/HD/Blu-Ray extras, the poster was the only way to lure people into the cinema. Offering much more than just publicity, these wonderful pieces of art promised worlds […]

Deep dark secrets of Holland’s map makers

Once upon a time, long before GSM location finders, Google street views and synthesised Sat Nav voices, we used strange folding paper things called maps. They were really helpful, especially 400 years ago. To read story by Andy click on images above or continue below.  Maps were a secret source of power then. If you […]

Big name hunters: making a fortune from autographs

It was a Christmas card image that summed up everything that was iconic about Princess Diana, the perfect combination of high style and informal warmth. Perfectly lit in the black and white style of the time, Prince Harry was pictured with his head on his mother’s shoulder, the immaculate grin of Prince William to her […]

Action film stars: the art of the movie poster

Long, long before downloadable trailers, Internet viral campaigns and DVD/HD/Blu-Ray extras, the poster was the only way to lure people into the cinema. Offering much more than publicity, these wonderful pieces of art promised worlds populated by chisel-jawed heroes, swooning beauties, villages where Frankenstein could lumber with iron-footed determination and 50-foot women could bestride the […]

Object of desire: millionaires investing in Monroe memorabilia

Margaret Barrett, the director of Entertainment Memorabilia for Bonhams & Butterfields is on the phone from LA. She says she is sitting beside a table that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe with a book of Jim Morrison poetry on top of it. “Two of my favourite icons together in one place,” she laughs down the […]

Dinosaurs, mammoths, sabre-tooths and bone collectors

For lovers of Jurassic Park it was a dinosaur dream come true. The Triceratops skeleton displayed in the auction hall of Christie’s in Paris was 65 million years old, 7.5 metres long and up for sale. Unfortunately, you would have needed a dinosaur-sized budget to afford it. When the three-horned, vegetarian giant – nicknamed ‘Cliff’ […]

Hunting for billions of dollars in sunken treasure

At 1.05pm on July 20, 1985, Mel Fisher was sitting in a café when he heard from his son that their legendary search was finally over. After scouring the seabed for 16 years, the Fisher salvage team had located the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Even better, the stories were true […]

Comic investments – would you pay US$1.5m for a Superman book?

“Some of today’s successful entrepreneurs were yesterday’s comic geeks. They don’t want a Van Gogh or a Picasso. They want collectibles that mean something to them. Superman, Spider-Man and Batman are pop culture icons now. The fact that Superman was the first superhero means this is the Holy Grail of comics.”

Show me the Monet! The art market bounces back

After the fairytale boom came the 2008 bust and everyone lived unhappily ever after. Even worse, art was being packed away with the other distressed assets – the yachts, the condos and the ruined reputations – and sold to clear debts. Really, there were some times last year when the art market was about as […]